a reply to: rickymouse
Well early christianity was essentially a branch of judaism and was after all founded by a jewish sect which spread outward, it was more adaptive in
part because it openly espoused the conversion of gentiles (which judaism also did but on its own terms) and had a simpler message in the form of the
gospel to the more complicated method of memorizing the scroll of the torah (the first five book's of the old testament).
Reincarnation was also not necessary to christianity as to be reborn in the spirit is a fundemental teaching of christianity and to so transform the
soul from one of death to one of life.
Some intriguing passages which have more mundane explanation traditionaly but spiritualist christians interpret differently such as "He that
believes in me though he was dead he will still live" and for a spiritualist that can mean that even the souls whom have left the body can still be
converted to live again by being reborn in the faith in christ but to the normal view it means that a man whom is totally evil can if he repents still
come back to god and the gift of life given by his son whom took the sinners place on the cross and was safrificed as a living intermediary between
man and god half way between heaven and earth upon the cross and whom defeated death by rising from death.
Remember that though the mystery of his nature is not easy for any of us to understand that christ was more spirit manifest as flesh then flesh
though he was living flesh while he lived as one of us, he was manifest from pure spirit of god and so was both half mortal or flesh and half soul
just like the symbolism of the cross half way between heaven and earth and this is one reason why only through him can we come to god, he is the
aspect of god related to man made manifest and is our god, our only rightful king and alive for ever as after all life is a creation and he is a
manifestation of it's creator.
Unlike the other religions though in christianity there is a feast in heaven he pointed out that between a man and a woman there is no difference and
in the resurrection they shall be as angels, (Man was made to work and so where the angels but they shall never tire or thirst or hunger and shall be
both children, servants and whitness of the wonders of god's ongoing creation) indeed the idea of an eternal paradise is not mentioned in
christianity, there is new jerusalem, a new heaven and a new earth, his kingdom shall have no end but the old (Present) heaven (paradise) and earth
shall pass away and only god's word's are eternal, also if a soul chooses to rest it may do so.
What happened to christianity is politic's, it was used as a tool of state and to control the masses which is one reason it was declared a state
religion when it's spread could not be stopped and the imperial authoritys sought instead to control it or to ride the storm they could not stop.
So in respect of it reincarnation is not really necessary as christianity is about being reborn into eternal life or transcending death and
reincarnation is about being stuck upon a wheel of repeating death and life in a cyclic fashion.
As for christian mysticism, there are many tales of extasy's as they are named among the saint's of the various churches and while monks on other
religions are said to levitate in christianity healing and stigmata are part of these occurances, some places seem to have been blessed such as
lord's in france where there is a room full of the crutches of people whom could not walk yet walked away, one man had no hip and was dying of a bone
wasting disease, he walked away a whole man but this is not seen as the purpose of christianity and miracles only happen for some other reason than to
heal the flesh as the soul is it's primary concern, yet christ did heal the lepar, the blind, the deaf and the dead.
Among all the other religious figures he is unique as he raised the dead and gave sight to the blind, made clean the unclean and forgave the sins of
the damned elevating them to salvation and releasing them from the cyclic death, he never killed an even healed his enemy's like the temple guard
come to take him from the garden whose ear was cut off by one of his apostles, without him we are dead anyway so why kill what is already dead but
with him we are alive so coming out of the darkness into his light is our calling though many of us are lost in the darkness,.
Lastly it is the peronal relationship you grow inside yourself with your faith which unites you to it though we are all guilty of projecting our own
expectations on our god when in fact it is his expectations that matter, he will lead us but we have to learn to walk on our own so as to stand and a
cushy eternity is not the reality though there may be a great very long holiday for some of us, living forever has it's duties and purposes.